Study: Poultry sale, slaughter practices in China may spread avian influenza | View AVMA's resources on avian influenza | Completing VFD forms requires team effort, nutritionist says
July 14, 2017
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Study: Poultry sale, slaughter practices in China may spread avian influenza
Study: Poultry sale, slaughter practices in China may spread avian influenza
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Poultry is sold live at markets across China and slaughtered and defeathered on-site after being purchased, potentially releasing aerosolized virus and contaminated fluids into the air from birds infected with avian influenza, according to a study conducted at the USDA's Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory. Mechanical defeathering devices in particular release the virus into the air, veterinarian David Swayne said.
STAT (tiered subscription model) (7/13) 
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Completing VFD forms requires team effort, nutritionist says
Veterinarians completing the drug level portion of the Veterinary Feed Directive form need to know the feeding method, weight of the animals and intake modifiers, writes swine nutritionist Ralph Wilson, noting the importance of collaboration and communication. "The producer, feed supplier and his nutritionist must help the veterinarian with all this information, or the intakes will be based solely on generalized assumptions," writes Wilson, who gives examples of how to calculate drug level as grams per ton.
Beef magazine online (7/13) 
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Officials say wild groundhog at Md. zoo was rabid
The Maryland Health Department is urging anyone who may have come in contact with a wild groundhog since June 24 at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore to contact the department for an assessment. The groundhog was rabid and was captured by staff when it started following a visitor.
WTOP-FM (Washington, D.C.) (7/13) 
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Dog goes missing in Ala., turns up in Kan.
June, a 1-year-old mixed-breed dog that went missing from her home in Mobile, Ala., last month turned up in Dodge City, Kan., apparently going for a swim and making friends with a bartender along the way. Two young men spotted June and took her to Dodge City Veterinary Clinic, where staff scanned her microchip and alerted her owners.
The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (7/12) 
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Top 5 Concerns Amazon Business Helps You Address
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Around the Office
Dealing with stress can reduce negative impacts
Practitioners can ease the negative effects of stress by identifying its source, determining what they are able to control, addressing lifestyle factors and minimizing their negativity bias, writes organizational psychologist Catherine Hambley. She describes the ways stress affects the brain, different sources of stress and strategies for mitigating the impacts.
Physicians Practice magazine online (7/12) 
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AVMA in the News
WVA advocates for veterinarians, animals around the globe
The World Veterinary Association, led for the past three years by former AVMA President Dr. Rene Carlson, works with the World Organisation for Animal Health, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization to improve animal welfare, stewardship of pharmaceuticals, zoonotic disease prevention and veterinary education worldwide. The WVA also supports member organizations and recently partnered with Health for Animals on a website that spotlights the importance of animal health.
JAVMA News (7/12) 
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Why veterinary medicine programs want students to have experience
Veterinary medicine programs are competitive, expensive and grueling, and many programs require candidates to have experience working with animals to ensure students understand the profession's challenges as well as the rewards, says Dr. Claudia Kirk of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Burnout and depression are common among students and practitioners, and 1 in 6 veterinarians have considered suicide, according to the AVMA, as they struggle with compassion fatigue and other stress, including a high debt-to-income ratio.
The Nashville Ledger (Tenn.) (7/14) 
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U. of Fla. offers help to veterinary students facing education debt
The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine has committed $16 million in new funding for scholarships since 2015 and has a program to mitigate student debt load by matching graduates with practice owners preparing for retirement, says college dean veterinarian James Lloyd. US veterinary students graduate each year with an average debt of $135,000, according to an AVMA survey.
Veterinary Practice News (7/12) 
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AVMA Today
Training video helps veterinarians treat opioid overdoses in dogs
Overdoses from extremely potent illegal opioids are on the rise across America -- but not just for humans. These drugs are now endangering working dogs who encounter them in the line of duty. As a result, veterinarians are increasingly asked to consult by phone for dogs suffering from overdoses in the field. To address this emerging health threat, the AVMA collaborated with the University of Illinois to develop a training video that helps veterinarians and law enforcement teams provide potentially life-saving treatment for dogs. Visit the AVMA@Work blog to learn more about the video.
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